Making Tax Digital

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is an HMRC initiative that will revolutionise the UK tax system and ultimately bring an end to self-assessment.

The primary aim of Making Tax Digital is to make tax administration more effective, efficient, and easier for taxpayers through the implementation of a fully digitalised tax system by 2020, whilst also reducing HMRC’s overheads for managing tax affairs.

The changes apply to a wide range of taxpayers, including most businesses, self-employed professionals, and landlords. This ‘new and improved’ tax system will require the majority of business owners to maintain digital records using compatible software.

What is the timeline for Making Tax Digital?

This is the latest Making Tax Digital timeline, announced by HMRC on 13 July 2017:

From April 2019, quarterly reporting is:

Mandatory for VAT for all VAT-registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold (£85,000)
Optional for VAT-registered businesses with a turnover below the VAT registration threshold (£85,000)
From April 2020 (at the earliest), quarterly reporting is:

Mandatory for income tax and corporate tax (as appropriate) for all businesses (including landlords) with a turnover over the VAT registration threshold (£85,000)
Optional for businesses (including landlords) with a turnover below the VAT registration threshold (£85,000)

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